Like many of the other whitewater courses on our list, the Penrith Whitewater Stadium was originally built for the Olympics. Used during the 2000 Sydney Games, this man-made course is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Slalom competitions are still held here, but the course is also open to the public and has a strong focus on training and education.
Novices can shoot down the rapids as part of a raft crew or learn the basics in a flat-water lake in the hope that they will soon be ready to take on the rapids on their own. A conveyor belt takes paddlers from the bottom of the course back to the top, so they do not even have to get out of their boat before tackling the whitewater a second time. There are specialized courses for junior paddlers and also a swift-water rescue course for people who want to learn proper safety procedures for their whitewater endeavors.